Abstract Variation No. 7, 1976
painted COR-TEN steel
99 x 118 x 114 inches
Loan Courtesy of the St Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation.
Ernest Trova's Abstract Variation series each possess his interest in the precarious balance of chaos and order. The works in this series vary in scale, from modest to monumental, and were made of either Cor-Ten or painted steel.
Ernest Tino Trova was born in St. Louis in 1927. Best known for his signature series, The Falling Man, Trova considered his entire output a single "work in progress.” Trova continued his ad hoc art education, seeking out painter Willem de Kooning and poet Ezra Pound, whose dual influences would heavily impact the young artist’s developing practice and philosophy. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Trova was among the most widely acknowledged sculptors working in the United States, resulting in invitations to exhibit in three Whitney Annuals, three Venice Biennales and Documenta 4 (1968) in Kassel, Germany. His work has been exhibited in dozens of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Trova was represented by Pace Gallery, New York, from 1963 to 1985, which held his first solo exhibition in April 1963